We understand that transitioning to life on a college campus—either for the first time or for a return trip—can be challenging.
Below you may find answers to our frequently asked questions. If the answer to your question doesn't appear here, head over to OneStop for more information.
If you have already placed your RSVP, the Office of First-Year Programs in Student Success will be in contact via email and phone to communicate options. At this time, the required Orientation program will be hosted through online modules. Virtual College Connection sessions will be hosted over the summer months on the Orientation dates students selected on their RSVP.
Additionally we will host in-person New Student Kick-Off Days on campus in August. We will follow university, city, county, state and federal restrictions for in-person gatherings. Those who are making travel arrangements to attend a program in person should suspend those arrangements until we are in communication.
Students who attend orientation are more prepared to begin classes and more successful in reaching their academic goals. Orientation gets students excited to be a Shocker so that they gain the most from their college experience. Orientation also provides information and services in one place, rather than having new students try to obtain this information from each office on their own. Orientation also gives students an opportunity to connect with other students before the semester even starts. Note: All students are required by state law to receive the information that WSU provides during orientation.
No. Orientation is designed to help you navigate college life at WSU, so we have various programs and activities that everyone is required to participate in. There should be no need to skip any event. If any part of the program is missed, students will have to attend another orientation in order to make that up.
Yes. See the list below for detailed fee information.
Freshman Student Orientation: $150 covers two meals, program materials, Shocker giveaways.
Freshman Guest Orientation: $30 covers two meals and program materials.
Freshman Extended Orientation: $190 covers three meals, program materials, evening social activities, overnight accommodations and Shocker giveaways.
Freshman Guest Extended Orientation: $40 covers two meals, program materials and an off-campus "Explore Wichita" activity.
Transfer Orientation: $50 covers academic reception, program materials and Shocker giveaways.
Transfer Guest Orientation: $20 covers academic reception and program materials.
Transfer/Adult Learner Orientation: $50 covers academic reception, program materials and Shocker giveaways.
Transfer/Adult Learner Guest Orientation: $20 covers academic reception and program materials.
Spring Orientation: $50 covers academic reception, program materials and Shocker giveaways.
Spring Orientation: $20 covers academic reception and program materials.
Please note: Orientation fees cover the cost of the meals, student overnight accommodations (if attending an overnight program), the materials and activities provided during the program.
Bring a photo ID, comfortable shoes and an umbrella in case of inclement weather.
Freshmen attending an overnight program are provided with linens, blanket, and pillow. Please bring any additional toiletry and personal items for your stay. Staff will be available to assist you during your stay.
A confirmation email will be sent to you with details for parking 3-5 days prior to your program. Follow the signs!
*If a freshman student is not participating in an overnight orientation program overnight stay is not required.
Transfer / Adult Learners are welcome to come stay on campus for your program. Want to arrive the night before or stay an extra day? No problem! We want you to be comfortable as you begin the transition to becoming a Shocker. Request orientation housing today at www.wichita.edu/student_life/housing/.
Please note: Overnight accommodations are only available for students. Unless the student will be a resident in the fall semester (starting in August), these arrangements are not provided for the last program date, Aug. 16-17. All reservations should be completed one week prior to your orientation program.
Parents and guests will need to make off-campus overnight arrangements.
A Look into a WSU Orientation Day
First-Year Experience Questions
Students with, and without, documented disabilities can contact the Office of Disability Services for more information on accommodations and other appropriate resources.
Students who are unsure of what to major in can enroll in classes at WSU as a general "LAS undecided" major. The Career Development Center helps students choose a major that’s right for them.
If you have not signed up for classes yet, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to change your major. Students who have already enrolled in classes can change their major by logging into their myWSU.
While there is no set amount of classes you are required to take your first year,
it is important to keep in mind how your enrollment will affect financial aid. 12
credit hours is considered full-time enrollment and all students are required to complete
approximately 124 hours to graduate.
If you plan to graduate in four years, you need to "think 30." By enrolling in 30 credit hours, or 10 classes on average, throughout each academic year (fall, spring, summer and / or short-term classes), you are more likely to graduate in a timely manner
Freshmen: after completing your RSVP for orientation, your first semester’s schedule will be built by a first-year advisor. You will be notified to confirm your schedule through your myWSU student portal. If you have questions, or would like to make changes, you can contact OneStop anytime.
Transfer / Adult Learners: after signing up for orientation, you will need to contact your advising center to schedule an appointment with an advisor. Schedules can be made prior to or following attending your orientation program.
Be sure to have all transcripts from high school and previous institutions sent to the Office of Admissions in order to receive credit for those courses. You can check how courses transfer into WSU.
Freshmen: Your first-year advisor will build your schedule to accommodate these credits. Any changes you need to make to your schedule can be done by contacting the OneStop office.
Transfer / Adult Learners: When you meet with your advisor they will be able to advise you on what courses to take based on the credit you have already fulfilled.
Shocker Dollars can be added to your WSU Shocker Card, so it can be used like a debit card at all WSU Dining Services locations. You can add money to your card online or stop by the Dining Services office located in 235 Rhatigan Student Center.
If the answer to your question doesn't appear here, head over to OneStop for more information.